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Reminder: 2017 bay scallop season closure starts Sept. 25

September 20, 2017 

For updates and more information on bay scallops, visit MyFWC.com/Fishing. 

Gulf County bay scallop season to open Sept. 23

September 20, 2017 

The Gulf County bay scallop season will open to harvest Sept. 23. The 2017 season was postponed earlier this year due to a naturally occurring algae bloom (Pseudo-nitzschia) in St. Joseph Bay that affects shellfish. 

Celebrate National Hunting and Fishing Day by pledging to create a new conservationist

September 19, 2017 

To encourage people to share their love of the outdoors, the focus of this year’s National Hunting and Fishing Day, celebrated Saturday, Sept. 23, is to challenge every hunter and angler to take someone with them on their next outdoor adventure. 

FWC certifies new state record jaguar guapote

September 05, 2017 

FWC fisheries biologists certified a new state record jaguar guapote, weighing 2.78 pounds and measuring 16.7 inches long, caught by 14-year-old angler Jerry Martin from Miami.  

FWC conducts aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau

August 31, 2017 

The FWC will conduct aquatic plant control on Lake Rousseau from Sept. 5 through Sept. 15, weather permitting. Invasive hydrilla will be treated only in boat trails, but water lettuce and water hyacinth will be treated throughout the lake. 

Who will be the next Lionfish Challenge winners? Find out Sept. 9

August 31, 2017 

There’s still time to remove lionfish and win prizes by participating in the 2017 Lionfish Challenge. The statewide lionfish removal incentive program will come to a close Sept. 4.  

FWC releases new videos to help Florida residents avoid conflicts with bears

August 31, 2017 

These videos are designed to help educate the public about how to safely coexist with bears in Florida. 

Oyster conservation measures implemented in St. Andrews Bay

August 30, 2017 

These changes affect all state waters of St. Andrews Bay in Bay County. 

Apalachicola Bay commercial oyster conservation changes remain in effect for upcoming season

August 30, 2017 

These changes are effective in all of Apalachicola Bay, including all waters of Indian Lagoon in Gulf County.  

Snook season starts Sept. 1

August 29, 2017 

A snook permit, as well as a recreational saltwater license, is required unless the angler is exempt from the recreational license requirements.  

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